8.9
Score

Pros

  • Tiny and Easy to carry design
  • Good Battery Life and USB-C for the Win
  • Amazing Sound experience for a Budget Friendly Earbuds
  • supports Jabra Sound+ App for EQ and more
  • Most comfortable Earbuds we Have used so far

Cons

  • The physical button controls can be subjective

Jabra has been dabbling in the true wireless earbud’s scene for a while now and the last time we reviewed one of their earbuds – the Jabra Elite 75t, it ended up being my personal daily driver but it did have its fair share of flaws so to speak. So, the brand decided to reinvent a new series entirely with better features and so on. In that process, they made something quite unexpected – their first time entering into the budget segment and in this Jabra Elite 2 Review, we are going to share about what an absolute game changer these are.

Look and Feel

1/4

Right off the bat, Jabra chose to retain its compact design from the Elite 75t with pretty much all of the true wireless earbuds we see so far, and the Jabra Elite 2 is no exception. It comes in this polycarbonate matte-like case all over with the Jabra logo on the front along with the repositioned LED indicator which we used to find on the back along with the port which is now in the front. On the back, we have the USB-C port for charging which is neat and no buttons to be seen on the case at all. The lid is held by magnets which stores the earbuds in the case, magnetically as well and it charges via the pogo pin connections.

1/3

Jabra definitely went for a “if it isnt broke, don’t fix it” approach with the design which I agree with as well. Because the form factor of the Elite 2 is pretty small and petite enough, just like the 75t Elite and reducing the size further will only affect the case’s built-in battery which I personally don’t want such compromises as I want these earbuds to spend more time with me on a trip than connected to the wall adapter.

It depends on how you look at it, but the Jabra Elite 2 only comes in one color which is this black/grey colorway – I personally think that’s alright as you can’t go wrong with black and it’s a nice place to cut cost to add features that’s meaningful and which they did.

Specification

For an entry level earbud coming from Jabra, in all honesty – I was expecting compromises all over the place but to my surprise, it carries enough of Jabra’s heritage within the small package to give consumers who are opting to try Jabra product for the first time, a real taste on what they offer. Here is the specification:

  • 6mm Driver producing high audio quality and good bass response
  • Customizable EQ Support via Jabra MySound App
  • Qualcomm aptX Support along with SBC and AAC
  • 2-mic Call Technology
  • IP55 Rainproof Protection
  • 21 Hours of Total Battery life

App Support

Unlike the premium offerings like Jabra Elite 75t or the newer Elite 7, the Jabra Elite 2 is a little barebones with the app support. Once you pair your Elite 2 via Bluetooth with your favorite devices, the Sound+ app lets you setup the warranty, Voice Assistant, Spotify Quick Launch and Find my Jabra. Once you are done with that – You will be sent to the home page where you can see your earbuds, battery percentage and a Music Preset with 6 modes to choose from. These 6 are presets more than Customizable EQs but knowing Jabra where they have added features like ANC over an update to their 75t, gives me a little hope that there will be some update down the line to take advantage of the earbuds further.

I don’t expect ANC to be available with the Elite 2 but more like the features that actually adds good value like proper graph EQ customization and perhaps Soundscape, a feature I fell in love with the Elite 75t.

Experience

I have raved enough, and I will rave again about the fit and finish because these Jabra Elite earbuds have been the most comfortable earbuds I have ever used so far. The Elite 2 uses the same design methodology as the 75t where they get various ear shapes to come up with the right design. They come with the accurately sized eargels inside the box for you to choose the right fit for good isolation. For the most part, these Elite 2 feels and gives similar experience as to what Jabra offers with their premium options.

The controls on the Elite 2 are – fortunately buttons, instead of touch controls. You might wonder, isn’t touch controls better? Well, it depends on how well the company implements and for the most part, it has not been great except for select few like Sony making proper touch pads for control rather than going for experimental controls which works and don’t at the same time. These Elite 2 have their own on-board Volume control, so right after you pair with your phone, you have two independent volume control.

The buttons on the Elite 2 are slightly hard to press but when you press the button, you don’t have that feel of applying too much pressure to press pause and play or have that feeling of digging too deep into your canal as you press. But again, this is pretty subjective and depends on how your ears are which is why there isn’t one perfect earbuds for everyone. But for the most part, after letting few friends try these, they genuinely like the experience – so, there you go.

Audio Experience

We used the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra as our daily music experience device and Sony Walkman NW-A55 as the control. For the most part, both the device picked up the Jabra Elite 2 over aptX connection which is just great.

 
Our first choice of song is Nights by Adrian Daniel. R&B songs have hidden nuances that tend to go missing with most earbuds with heavy bass. For one, the Elite 2 are not bass heavy as the 75t out of the box which is surprising. There’s a good balance of everything and the bass is still a little heavy but it isnt as heavy as the 75t which I was not a fan of. Vocals sound slightly warm and has a nice staging over all. Layer wise with this song: it’s bass and vocals more or less first, instruments and reverb second. Staging is pretty neat too.

Second song: Back It Up, Drop It by DeeWunn. This song has a nice heavy bass which gives a good party like vibe, but on its default EQ the bass isn’t as expressive as the 75t Elite which is good. We then proceeded to toggle the Bass Boost to see how different it is, and it is night and day – the deep “monster-like” vocals at the start sounds more pronounced. At the 1:22 mark when you hear the electronic instrument sound, its clear and crisp, wasn’t washed out by the bass.

Finally: The Motion by Drake. The vocal in the song has a nice echo-reverb and two layers in different pitch, so we wanted to pinpoint if we could hear it distinctively. We were able to hear it nice and clear, with no such masking by other elements of the song and genuinely liked the staging. The treble isn’t too sharp, which is a good thing because if it gets too sharp then pretty much every music you listen to isn’t going to be great.

Conclusion

It’s still surprising to me on how well Jabra nailed these Elite 2 right out of the box because generally, when a premium brand makes budget centric product, it lacks a lot of the company’s essence, therefore leaving a sour taste. But these Jabra Elite 2 is proof that you can make the right compromises to give consumers a taste of what the brand is all about. The Sound+ app with its limited features is limited sure, but still giving some level of customization which, we never come across at this price tag is surreal and the fact that you will get newer firmware updates, puts every other earbud we know in this price range to shame.

These Jabra Elite 2 we reviewed here is priced at RM 299 and we wholeheartedly recommend them for anyone who wants a good in-ear True Wireless Earbuds at this price range. I know its not December yet, but I think, we have a winner for our Vesper Choice Award for the best Budget Earbuds you can buy in 2021. Kudos, Jabra. We will revisit these earbuds when Jabra does add something to the update cycle.


Special Thanks to Jabra for sending us over the Jabra Elite 2 for making this review to happen.